John Tenniel (1820-1914) was a much-loved illustrator and political cartoonist from the Victorian period. Tenniel was one of the first regular contributing artists for the satirical journal Punch, staying with the publication for fifty years. He also illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1872).

Tenniel received little formal training in art. Yet as a child, living in Marylebone, he benefited from his family’s friendship with the painter John Martin. Martin lived five doors to the west of the Tenniels (Morris 18). John Baptist Tenniel, John Tenniel’s father, had a varied career. He was listed as a “professor of drawing&…

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Citation: McKenzie Stearns, Precious. "Sir John Tenniel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 August 2021 [, accessed 28 May 2023.]

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